A showdown on the track is the highlight of the week ahead on the area high school sports scene.
Defending CCC South champion Wethersfield brings its unbeaten record to town on Tuesday to take on the undefeated Bristol Central team, with the top spot in both the boys and girls divisional races on the line.
Wethersfield won the titles a year ago and the Rams will be out to reclaim the top spot in what promises to be an evenly-matched affair on both the boys and girls side of the action.
With last week’s rainouts, the week ahead is a very busy one for area baseball and softball teams, as well as the tennis teams, as they look to claim their berths in the postseason. Virtually all of the teams have at least three and many have four contests on the schedule this week.
In girls tennis, both Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern are fighting to maintain a .500 record. The Rams are 3-4 after a tough loss to Berlin last Friday and will take on Newington, another team hovering at the .500 mark, at home today before traveling to 5-3 Rocky Hill tomorrow and 7-4 New Britain on Wednesday.
Eastern’s girls are 5-3 after two big wins last week. The Lancers should keep the win streak going at home today against Maloney. Eastern hosts Rocky Hill Wednesday before traveling to take on CCC South-leading Wethersfield on Friday.
St. Paul’s girls have won six in a row and are 11-2 overall. The Falcons will be out to gain a top seed in next week’s NVL tournament as they visit Seymour today and wrap up the regular season at home against Wolcott on Thursday.
On the boys side, Bristol Central picked up its first win of the season against Northwest Catholic last week, but it will be another tough four-match week for the Rams as they travel to Newington today and then come home to face Rocky Hill on Tuesday, New Britain on Wednesday and Platt on Thursday.
Eastern’s boys are a solid 5-2 and lead the CCC South, but face a stiff test at home on Wednesday against second place Wethersfield before taking on 3-5 Middletown on Thursday.
In baseball, the schedule moves into the second half with only St. Paul having clinched a postseason berth so far. The Falcons are 11-2 and on a six game win streak as they move into a challenging week.
St. Paul hosts 10-4 Seymour this afternoon and visits another 10-win squad in Wolcott on Wednesday. The Falcons wrap up the week at home against a struggling Ansonia on Friday and take on Naugatuck on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Bristol Eastern still needs one more win to clinch a postseason spot. The Lancers have suddenly found it tough to score, as they have gone 19 straight innings without a run. They will look to get back on track this week, but with three games against top-ranked CCC teams on the schedule, it will be challenging week.
Eastern takes on 8-3 Southington at Muzzy Field this afternoon before traveling to 9-3 East Catholic on Wednesday and battling Berlin under the lights at Sage Park on Friday at 6 p.m.
Bristol Central still needs two wins. The Rams took a step in the right direction by wrapping up last week with a two-game win streak.
Central has four games this week, beginning tonight at Muzzy Field against 9-3 Northwest Catholic in a 7 p.m. start. The Rams have a big CCC South showdown with Newington on Tuesday at home, then travel to 10-1 South Windsor on Wednesday before taking on winless Rocky Hill on the road on Friday.
Terryville baseball also needs one more win to claim a spot in the postseason. The Kangaroos had a five-game win streak snapped in their last outing and will be looking to get back on track this week.
It will be a tough start to the week with 9-4 Nonnewaug coming to Terryville today. And it won’t get much easier when Terryville travels to Falls Village to take on 8-3 Housatonic on Wednesday.
St. Paul and Eastern have each clinched a postseason berth in softball and will be working to improve their seeding this week, while Central and Terryville are both scrambling to meet the eight win qualifying standard.
Eastern is 10-2 and has won four in a row as it heads into a busy four-game week. The Lancers are currently the No. 10 seed in the Class LL field and have several chances to add to their win total this week, but also face some stiff challenges, including tonight’s 6 p.m. game at Tunxis Mead against 10-2 Farmington.
Eastern will host 5-7 East Catholic on Wednesday, visit 4-7 Platt for a makeup game on Thursday and then come home for a big CCC South showdown against Berlin on Friday.
St. Paul stumbled a bit last week to fall to 12-3 and faces its biggest challenge of the year tonight at 13-1 Seymour, one of the state’s top-ranked teams and a 5-3 winner over the Falcons the first time around. St. Paul hosts 10-3 Wolcott on Wednesday in its only other game this week. The Falcons are currently the seventh seed in the Class S field.
Bristol Central is in danger of failing to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 1992. The Rams need to win four of their remaining eight games and face a couple more highly rated teams in a difficult four-game stretch this week.
Central could get one of the wins it needs at 2-9 Conard today, but a visit to 10-4 Trumbull on Tuesday and a home game with 7-4 Rockville on Wednesday will be stiff tests for the Rams, who have struggled to score. Central closes the week at home against struggling Rocky Hill on Friday.
Terryville softball also needs four wins and the Kangaroos have three chances to pick up some of those victories this week, but it will not be an easy task.
The week starts today with a visit from 10-3 Nonnewaug, a team that beat Terryville 15-0 in their first meeting. Terryville travels to face a Wamogo team that has won eight of its last nine on Tuesday, then hosts Housatonic, a team they beat 16-3 in their first meeting, on Wednesday.
In lacrosse, the Bristol Central boys visit Sheehan tonight and host Rocky Hill in a CCC South match on Thursday.
Bristol Eastern is at struggling Holy Cross today, visits Windsor on Thursday and has a rematch with Old Saybrook at home on Saturday afternoon.
St. Paul visits East Catholic tomorrow and hosts Watertown on Friday.
On the girls side, the Bristol co-op will be looking to make it two in a row at home against Newington today. Bristol is at RHAM tomorrow and hosts Windsor at Bristol Central on Friday.
St. Paul’s girls host Holy Cross today and Watertown tomorrow, then travel to Holy Cross on Thursday before closing the week at home against Housatonic Regional Friday night.